Daily news - 27th April 2021

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Debunking Myths: Naloxone, The Life-Saving Antidote To Opioid Overdose

The recent naloxone and overdose awareness campaign launched in the UK has stimulated an important conversation amongst many: what is naloxone? Though patented back in 1961, it is only now, in the midst of an opioid epidemic, that naloxone is beginning to assert itself within the general public | Talking Drugs, UK

Our hepatitis C awareness week

From Monday 26th to Friday 30th April, the whole of our Cambridgeshire service will be running our own hepatitis C awareness week. Services Manager Paul Pescud and Lead Nurse Ben Jones told us all about their plans for promoting awareness and action | Change Grow Live, UK

Scots lawyers want new approach for offenders whose crimes are linked to childhood trauma

Top solicitor Iain Smith believes that branding offenders as "neds, junkies and scum" can only perpetuate crime. A huge proportion of crime emerges from broken homes, abuse and addiction issues | Daily Record, UK

Nurse-led cognitive behavioural therapy can reduce “overwhelming” menopausal symptoms for women with breast cancer

Menopausal symptoms - hot flushes and night sweats – experienced by women with breast cancer can be reduced through group cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) delivered by breast care nurses, a new clinical trial involving the Southampton Clinical Trials Unit has revealed | University of Southampton, UK

The SSA Early Career Research Network: Writing Successful Grants

Wed, 19 May 2021, 14:00 – 15:30 BST. Our addiction experts share their experiences of writing and reviewing grant submissions, and answer your questions | SSA, UK

Behind The Scenes | Student Life & Drugs

Wed, 28 April 2021, 19:00 – 20:00 BST. In this Behind the Scenes webinar, we will be taking an in-depth look into students' relationship with drugs and alcohol | Bristol Drugs Project, UK

Shandy poised for revival fuelled by thirst for no- and low-alcohol beer

Supermarket sales of ‘nolo’ beer, wine and spirits have surged by 50% over the past year as more young people go teetotal | Guardian, UK


International news

Port police chief says ‘logistics process wide open to drugs criminals’

Drugs gangs have the run of the logistics process at Rotterdam port, enabled by widespread criminal infiltration at shipping companies, the head of the port police has told the NRC | DutchNews, The Netherlands

Tobacco giant JTI placing stealth adverts for its brands on Facebook and Instagram

The world’s third largest multinational tobacco company has been running disguised adverts for its brands on Facebook and Instagram, enabling it to bypass social media site rules and national laws in order to assist the marketing of cigarettes to teenagers and young people, the Bureau can reveal | Bureau of Investigative Journalism, USA

New cocaine and oxycodone biobanks provide investigatory therapeutic targets for addiction

A major hurdle to developing new and effective treatments for drug addiction is better understanding how exactly it manifests itself before, during and after chronic use | News Medical, USA

One in five pharmacies blocks access to key medication to treat addiction

New findings from the largest, most comprehensive study to date suggest opportunity to reduce stigma and roll back the national opioid epidemic | EurekAlert, USA

Impact of COVID-19 on racial-ethnic minorities among persons with opioid use disorder

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted health disparities for people of color, who have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic. People with opioid use disorder (OUD) faced unique challenges when many mental health and addiction services were forced to scale back operations or temporarily close when social distancing guidelines were put in place | Medical Xpress, USA

“Devastating” West Virginia Law Could Practically End Syringe Provision

Over 1,200 West Virginians died of overdose in 2020, new data show—a 45 percent increase from 2019. This coincides with an historic HIV outbreak that is rapidly spreading across the state | Filter Magazine, USA

A Survivor’s Perspective on San Francisco’s Drug Crisis

Monday: A poignant voice in the debate over what can be done to combat overdose death | NYTimes, USA

Regular drug users worry about relapse, overdose amid pandemic: Report

People who regularly use drugs such as stimulants, opioids and cannabis have not only increased their usage during the pandemic but fear relapse or overdose, according to a report | HRR Reporter, Canada

Supervised Injecting Facilities: A life saving service

Melbourne’s Medically Supervised Injecting Room (MSIR) has recently attracted considerable media attention. This is not the first time the centre, which is located on the edge of the CBD in North Richmond, has made headlines | adf, Australia


Blogs, comment and opinion

E-cigarettes: what we know and what we don’t

It’s been a decade since e-cigarettes first gained popularity in the UK. Since then, the types of devices available and the number of people using them has risen sharply | Cancer Research UK blog, UK

FDAC, so what’s different? A social worker’s view (PDF)

What has struck me most about FDAC compared to standard Care Proceedings is the time given to building a relationship with parents whilst working to the same 26 week timescale. I feel I have more space to get to know parents, whilst still working in a transparent, child-focused and problem – solving way | FDAC, UK

Why the opioid-related overdose crisis in the US needs our attention

While the United States and the rest of the world cope with the COVID-19 pandemic, another health crisis has been brewing for a decade now, and is getting worse | Richard Branson, UK

Addiction Professionals in the Pandemic – Andre Johnson

I just came across this recent interview with Andre Johnson and I thought I share it with you, along with my interview with him about maintaining services through the pandemic | Recovery Review blog, USA

Editorial: Helping jail inmates kick an opioid addiction helps us all

When Ron Hain was elected sheriff of Kane County in 2018, the county jail had a problem. Inmates who had been released kept dying of drug overdoses — 15 that year. Shortly after taking office, he implemented a new program to provide voluntary drug treatment to inmates who were using heroin and other opioids. Last year, he says, only one released inmate died of a drug overdose | Chicago Tribune, USA